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  • New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands

    02/24/2017 4:19:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2017 4:32 PM EST | Wayne Parry
    New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of “This Land Is Your Land.” The 15-member New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a plan by South Jersey Gas to run the pipeline through the federally protected Pinelands preserve, where development is drastically restricted. […] It was the most emotionally charged jobs-vs-environment clash in recent New Jersey history, and was closely watched by environmental and energy groups around the nation, particularly with a new presidential administration...
  • Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections

    02/18/2017 2:16:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2017 7:37 PM EST | Michael Biesecker
    Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. Pruitt was sworn in later Friday by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. In six years as Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt filed 14 lawsuits challenging EPA regulations that included limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. He also sued over the EPA’s recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the Clean Water Act, a federal measure opposed by industries that...
  • Sierra Club pushing abortion as population control to ‘save the environment’

    02/15/2017 3:09:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cornwall Alliance ^ | February 6, 2017 | Mary Kay Barton
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed the Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Michael Brune, on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Feb 2, 2017. Carlson, a former Sierra Club member himself, dove right into asking Brune the tough questions. Puzzled by some of the Sierra Club’s recent position statements on such varied topics as President Trump’s border wall, the women’s march, abortion, and transgender bathrooms, Carlson asked Mr. Brune why the Sierra Club was veering away from protecting the environment to taking positions on the unrelated issues. For those who still naively believe that the Sierra Club is focused on protecting the environment, Brune’s...
  • Environmentalists preparing to battle Trump, GOP in court

    01/29/2017 9:00:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2017 12:16 AM EST | Tammy Webber and John Flesher
    Environmentalists facing a hostile Trump administration and a Republican-dominated Congress say the courts may offer their best chance to block changes they oppose. Advocacy groups nationwide are hiring more staff lawyers and coordinating with private attorneys and firms volunteering their services. They are seeking donations, setting priorities and reviewing laws that could be the basis of lawsuits against Trump policies concerning climate change, endangered wildlife, pollution and other issues. …
  • Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

    01/26/2017 9:35:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2017 5:46 PM EST | Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein
    The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell said in an interview with The Associated Press that Trump is likely to seek significant reductions to the agency’s workforce — currently about 15,000 employees nationwide. Ebell, who left the transition team last week, declined to discuss specific numbers of EPA staff that could be targeted for pink slips. Asked what he would personally like to see, however, Ebell said slashing the agency’s size by about half would be a...
  • Protesters charged after flying 'RESIST' banner from crane [Greenpeace]

    01/26/2017 8:08:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2017 9:12 PM EST
    Reports say seven Greenpeace protesters are facing misdemeanor charges after climbing a 270-foot tall construction crane just blocks from the White House at midweek and unfurling a huge banner with the word “RESIST.” Wednesday’s climb came a day after the Trump administration moved to delay implementation of several environmental rules. …
  • Donald Trump tells Detroit auto CEOs that environmental regulations are ‘out of control’

    01/24/2017 5:32:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24 2017 at 6:36 PM | Steven Overly
    President Trump told leaders of the country’s largest automakers Tuesday that he will curtail “unnecessary” environmental regulations and make it easier to build plants in the United States, changes that he expects will shore up the manufacturing jobs he repeatedly promised to voters on the campaign trail. After weeks of taunting the automotive industry over Twitter, Trump made a point to meet with the chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler just days into his term. He has pressured the companies to build more vehicles in the United States and hire more Americans into manufacturing jobs. …
  • Trump To Sign Executive Orders Advancing Keystone, Dakota Pipelines

    01/24/2017 6:55:10 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-24-2017 | Tyler Durden
    January 24, 2017 It is just day two of his presidency, and already Trump is taking a sledgehammer to the Obama legacy: in his latest move reported moments ago by Bloomberg, president Trump intends to sign two executive actions today "that would advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines", putting a spoke, so to say, in the train wheels of Warren Buffett's train-based oil transportation quasi-monopoly. Keystone was rejected under former President Barack Obama. Trump’s move on Energy Transfer Partners LP’s 1,172-mile Dakota Access project aims to end a standoff that has stalled the $3.8 billion project...
  • Oslo to temporarily ban diesel vehicles

    01/16/2017 10:36:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 16 January 2017 10:13 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Beginning on Tuesday, diesel vehicles will be banned from driving on Oslo streets because of acute levels of dangerous air pollution. On both Monday and Tuesday, weather forecasts call for cold weather and very little wind, conditions likely to cause high levels of exhaust pollution over large areas of the city. Therefore the City of Oslo will for the first time ever implement a ban on diesel vehicles on municipal roads. On Tuesday, the ban will be in effect from 6am to 10pm. It will remain in effect during those same hours for as long as air pollution levels are...
  • In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    12/31/2016 8:54:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 11:35 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Republicans’ grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama’s agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama’s health care law. Beyond that, they’ll look at a tax overhaul, reversing Obama-era environmental regulations and other conservative priorities. Republicans will face some obstacles. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “stand ready to fight vigorously” to protect health care and other...
  • Groups seek NY constitutional right to clean air, water

    12/29/2016 10:57:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2016 1:20 PM EST | Mary Esch
    Environmental and public policy groups in New York are calling for a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee residents a right to clean air and water. Environmental Advocates of New York and EffectiveNY are promoting the proposed amendment with online video ads Thursday featuring children from Hoosick Falls, where water wells have been contaminated by an industrial chemical. “You shouldn’t have to fight for clean water,” says 15-year-old Mikayla Baker, a Hoosick Falls ninth-grader featured in one of the two videos. The groups say a constitutional amendment would give residents more power to hold state lawmakers and regulators accountable for...
  • Madrid vows to ban diesel-fueled cars by 2025

    12/03/2016 9:29:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 2 December 2016 13:49 CET+01:00
    Madrid mayor, Manuela Carmena, signed a commitment to rid the pollution-stricken city of diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. She joined the mayors of Paris, Athens and Mexico City in signing the deal to improve air quality at the biennial meeting of city leaders in Mexico on Thursday. She also vowed to continue in a drive for alternative vehicle use and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city. …
  • EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

    11/21/2016 3:22:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 129 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 21, 2016 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump will not derail progress made in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted on Monday in arguing "the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation." EPA chief Gina McCarthy said the world is "in a spectacularly different place today than we were when President (Barack) Obama took office," citing new environmental rules and actions to help create thousands of jobs in renewable energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Noam Chomsky: 'The Republican Party Has Become the Most Dangerous Organization in World History

    11/15/2016 9:10:28 AM PST · by rktman · 74 replies
    ecowatch.com ^ | 11/14/2016 | C.J. Polychroniou
    On Nov. 8, Donald Trump managed to pull the biggest upset in U.S. politics by tapping successfully into the anger of white voters and appealing to the lowest inclinations of people in a manner that would have probably impressed Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels himself. But what exactly does Trump's victory mean and what can one expect from this megalomaniac when he takes over the reins of power on Jan. 20, 2017? What is Trump's political ideology, if any and is "Trumpism" a movement? Will U.S. foreign policy be any different under a Trump administration? Some years ago, public intellectual Noam...
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer calls on Obama to block offshore drilling

    11/14/2016 9:44:23 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Politico via Hot Air ^ | 11-14-16 | By Esther Whieldon, Politico via Hot Air John Sexton
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is calling on President Obama to permanently ban offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic using his executive authority. From Politico: NextGen and White House officials have discussed the possibility of Obama using his executive powers under a section of the law governing offshore drilling that allows him to “withdraw from disposition” any section of the Outer Continental Shelf that has not already been leased for oil or gas drilling… Steyer’s group says more permanent protections are available using section 12(a) of the OCS Lands Act. Similar to the Antiquities Act, which presidents can use to...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Make 'Captain Planet' Movie

    10/20/2016 6:46:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 19, 2016 | 9:19 AM EDT | Mark Judge
    The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions are in talks to make a live action film adaptation of the early 1990s environmental cartoon “Captain Planet.” […] According to reporters Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit, “Sources say the story takes place years after the adventures of the show, with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.” …
  • If animals could vote, Donald Trump would lose

    09/07/2016 4:34:53 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 71 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 7, 2016 | Kathleen Parker
    The animal kingdom will have lost one of its staunchest defenders when the Oval Office is abandoned by Barack Obama, who through a series of critical, administrative rulemaking has done more to protect animals than any other president in recent memory. This will be especially devastating if Donald Trump replaces him – not only because of his sons’ lust for hunting exotic game but also because his recently announced agriculture advisory committee includes several active opponents of animal protection policies.
  • Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

    08/24/2016 7:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2016 5:26 PM EDT | John Raby
    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. The investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, health care, manufacturing, technology and other industries. The projects are intended to help communities in Texas and in eight Appalachian states: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. …
  • 1,690-Page ‘Climate Change’ Reg Increases Cost of Tractor-Trailer Up to $15,119

    08/22/2016 11:04:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 22, 2016 | 12:52 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly issued a new regulation last week that is meant to help protect the world from “climate change” by limiting “greenhouse gas emissions” and improving fuel efficiency in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles operated in the United States. The 1,690-page regulation is approximately 700,000 words long. A “regulatory impact analysis” published by EPA and NHTSA estimates the regulation will add an average of as much as $13,749 to the cost of a tractor truck and $1,370 to a trailer, making some tractor-trailer combinations $15,119 more expensive in 2027 than they...
  • Deal will close California's last nuclear plant by 2025

    06/21/2016 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2016 10:43 AM EDT
    California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups announced the agreement on the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which sits along a Pacific Ocean bluff on California’s central coast. Environmentalists had pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for years to close Diablo, given its proximity to seismic faults in the earthquake-prone state. …
  • Report: Killings of environmentalists up 60 percent in 2015

    06/20/2016 12:01:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:42 PM EDT | Stan Lehman
    A London-based advocacy group said Monday it documented 185 killings of environmental activists around the world last year, nearly 60 percent more than in 2014 and the highest since it began collecting data dating back to 2002. In a newly released report, Global Witness said Brazil topped the 16-country list with 50 environmental defenders slain in 2015, followed by the Philippines with 33 and Colombia with 26. The group says 116 were slain worldwide in 2014. Last year “was the deadliest year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders — people struggling to protect their land, forests and...
  • Canada once again backs Israel at the UN

    05/29/2016 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/2016, 5:59 AM | Dalit Halevy
    Canada once again backed Israel at the UN this week when it voted against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resolution singling out only Israel for “mental, physical and environmental health” rights abuse. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government joined the Israel, the United States, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea as the only countries to vote against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Palestinian delegation. …
  • Coal Faces Three Hurdles and Steady Decline

    05/21/2016 7:24:50 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 24 replies
    Inside Climate Science ^ | May 18, 2016 | JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR.
    Coal's future as a major energy source is being undermined by market forces, government regulations and moral arguments.
  • Bill Clinton takes on protesters in coal country

    05/14/2016 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2016 at 4:18 PM | Karen Tumulty
    The booing was nearly as loud as the cheering when Bill Clinton stepped to the microphone in this remote mountain hamlet deep in the depressed heart of coal country. In the audience at the local elementary school Thursday night was a sizable contingent of coal miners and their families, many wearing helmets and T-shirts declaring their support for Donald Trump. […] The event here was Bill Clinton’s fourth in a long day of campaigning across Kentucky, where his wife faces a similar backlash in next week’s primary. …
  • Eco campaigners blockade German coal mine

    05/14/2016 6:01:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 May 2016 12:48 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Two thousand environmental protesters blockaded a coal mine in Germany on Friday as part of an international campaign against the use of fossil fuels. The activists, dressed in white overalls and equipped with breathing masks, blocked access to the open cast Proschim mine close to the Polish border, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. The group unfurled banners on excavation machinery, with slogans including “Keep it in the ground” and “Climate crime scene” as organizers said that the action would last all weekend. […] The “Break Free” campaign was the brainchild of several environmental lobby groups including Greenpeace...
  • An Out-Of-Control EPA Loses Yet Another Court Case

    05/11/2016 4:58:19 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/10/2016 | John Merline
    When Wyoming rancher Andy Johnson decided to create a stock pond for horses and cattle on his 8-acre property, he did what any conscientious landowner would do. He got permits from both the state and local government before moving any dirt. What he didn’t count on was a power-mad Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Gallup: Americans Who Identify as 'Environmentalists' Down 36 Points Since 1991(RuhRoh!)

    04/26/2016 9:43:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/26/2016 | unknown
    A Gallup poll [1]released on Friday shows that the number of Americans who identify as environmentalists has dropped 36 points, from 78 percent in 1991 to 42 percent in 2016. There has also been a decline in Americans expressing concern about environmental problems, such as pollution. The Earth Day poll [1] is conducted annually by Gallup. The polling firm cites the politicization of environmental issues as one possible reason for the decline, highlighting the growing partisan gap in those who identify as environmentalists. A large percentage of Americans (Republicans and Democrats) – 78 percent – considered themselves environmentalists in 1991....
  • Keep In Mind This Earth Day That Trees Are NOT Going Extinct(think spotted owls)

    04/22/2016 7:02:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/22/2016 | Chris White
    And in 2013, Randall Donohue, a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia, published research showing very similar findings to those found by Idso and others. Donohue used satellite images and found the Earth is greening, which seemingly runs counter to arguments made by environmentalist activist that global warming is causing mass droughts and tree and plant death. “Lots of papers have shown an average increase in vegetation across the globe, and there is a lot of speculation about what’s causing that,” Donohue noted a press release.
  • Welcome to Green Energy Poverty Week(DENIER!!!)

    04/21/2016 9:40:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/21/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Friday is Earth Day for the left and you’ll hear no end of crowing about it. Not by accident, it also coincides with the day that the Paris Climate Agreement supposedly goes into effect. This plan, which President Obama signed onto in a non-binding fashion without any sort of blessing from Congress, signals the start of something very different: the prospect of rapidly rising energy costs in America for no discernible payoff. For that reason, those in the energy community have chosen to counter Earth Day by naming April 17-23 “Green Energy Poverty Week.”
  • SunEdison files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    04/21/2016 7:39:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:04am EDT | Arathy S. Nair
    U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, becoming one of the largest non-financial companies to do so in the past 10 years. Once the fastest-growing U.S. renewable energy developer, SunEdison embarked on an aggressive acquisition strategy that left it struggling with $12 billion in debt. In its bankruptcy filing, the company said it had assets of $20.7 billion and liabilities of $16.1 billion as of Sept. 30. Although solar project developers such as SunEdison continue to benefit from robust demand, their shares have been hit by investor concerns that demand could fall in...
  • My power is out

    03/20/2016 10:15:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    Me, myself and I | Today | My bad self
    My power is out. Thanks, Obama. Thanks, EPA. Thanks, envirowackos. (But then again, a tree might have fallen.)
  • Earth's oceans are swelling faster than anytime in past 2,800 years, study shows

    02/25/2016 6:36:47 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 70 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 23, 2016 | Molly Jackson
    A new batch of studies confirming the close relationship between global temperature and ocean level finds that seas are rising at the fastest rate since nearly 1000 BC.
  • German lifestyle is 'burden' on environment

    12/09/2015 6:56:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Dec 2015 16:13 GMT+01:00
    Germans' daily habits are becoming a "burden" on the environment, according to a report on Tuesday by Germany's Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). Germans' demand for meat and non-seasonal produce are the two factors with the biggest impact on the environment and climate, according to the report. [...] The pressure to grow more and more crops to feed animals often leads to deforestation in developing countries, reducing the Earth's ability to absorb greenhouse gases. ...
  • Humanity must change to avert climate disaster: Al Gore

    12/03/2015 10:29:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/15 | AFP
    Le Bourget (France) (AFP) - Nobel laureate Al Gore said at the Paris climate summit on Thursday that humanity must change how it lives, travels and grows food in order to avert global warming catastrophe. "Do we really have to change the energy and transportation and agriculture and forestry systems in the world and shift to a low-carbon pattern?" the former US vice president asked in a speech. "The answer is 'Yes'... because now the answer is coming from nature itself," he said. Gore pointed to a string of extreme droughts, record-breaking downpours and high tides, along with melting Arctic...
  • Ex-CIA Chief: Obama Refused Strikes on ISIS Oil Wells Fearing 'Environmental Damage'

    11/29/2015 5:28:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 28 Nov 2015 11:15 PM
    Former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell says the reason why the Obama administration wouldn't bomb and destroy ISIS oil wells was out of concern about "environmental damage." Discussing President Barack Obama's thinking prior to the Nov. 13 ISIS attacks in Paris, Morell, who served as acting director twice while he was the agency's deputy director, tells interviewer Charlie Rose there's "now a sense of urgency that there wasn't before." ...
  • US, Cuba to sign first environmental accord since thaw

    11/18/2015 5:18:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2015 8:08 AM EST | Christine Armario
    The United States and Cuba are set to sign their first accord on environmental protection since announcing plans to re-establish diplomatic relations. Under the deal, scientists at U.S. marine sanctuaries in Florida and Texas will cooperate with their counterparts at two Cuban reserves on preservation and research. ...
  • Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

    09/27/2015 11:59:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 28, 2015 2:15 AM EDT | Dan Joling
    Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work. The announcement was a huge blow to Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive future revenue. Environmentalists, however, had tried repeatedly to block the project, and welcome the news.Shell found indications of the oil and gas in the well in the Chukchi Sea about 80 miles off Alaska’s northwest coast, the company said Monday in a release from The Hague, Netherlands. However, the petroleum was not...
  • Humans are ‘unique super-predator’

    08/20/2015 12:47:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Jonathan Amos
    Humans’ status as a unique super-predator is laid bare in a new study published in Science magazine. The analysis of global data details the ruthlessness of our hunting practices and the impacts we have on prey. It shows how humans typically take out adult fish populations at 14 times the rate that marine animals do themselves. And on land, we kill top carnivores, such as bears, wolves and lions, at nine times their own self-predation rate. But perhaps the most striking observation, say authors Chris Darimont and colleagues, is the way human beings focus so heavily on taking down adult...
  • Oil and gas officials scramble after feds review species protections

    07/24/2015 4:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    Oil and gas producers in one of the most active drilling areas in the country have had to make concessions to not disturb species such as the lesser prairie chicken and the dunes sagebrush lizard. Now industry officials in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico may have four other species to contend with: make way for the Cascade Caverns salamander, the Arizona toad, the alligator snapping turtle and the Rio Grande cooter. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it is giving what it calls “status reviews” to the four amphibians and reptiles found in the Southwest as...
  • Ethical food does not matter to most Brits, survey finds

    07/25/2015 6:59:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:11PM BST 24 Jul 2015 | Camilla Turner
    Ethical food does not matter to most Britons, a survey has revealed, showing that half of people say they do not care where their food comes from. Almost half of people (48 percent) surveyed said they would not necessarily stop buying products from a company if they discovered it was acting unethically, when surveyed by consumer research company Mintel. Of the 15,000 UK shoppers who were questioned, only a quarter (24 percent) said that the range of ethical products on offer influenced which shops they visited. More than half of UK consumers say that organic food is too expensive to...
  • De Blasio Flies to Vatican to Deliver Environmentalism Speech

    07/22/2015 9:32:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/22/2015 | William Bigelow
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, late as usual, arrived in Rome Tuesday morning to pontificate at the Vatican about the dangers of climate change. Delayed by fog that forced his plane to land in Milan, de Blasio arrived 80 minutes after his allotted time to speak at the gathering of mayors invited by the Vatican. Once he was given time to speak, though, he waxed eloquent about “powerful corporate interests,” adding, “Is it not the definition of insanity to propagate corporate policies and consumer habits that hasten the destruction of the earth?”
  • Republicans push back against proposed dietary guidelines

    06/24/2015 4:17:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 24, 2015 6:12 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick, and Lauran Neergaard
    Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat. House and Senate spending bills say the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet. That’s a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based more on foods from animals. The advice from a government advisory panel of independent doctors and nutrition experts has raised the ire of the meat industry. The dietary...
  • Germans waste 18m tonnes of food yearly

    06/20/2015 11:37:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Jun 2015 09:05 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germans throw away 18 million tonnes of perfectly good food every year, a report showed on Thursday. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) study showed that “on average, we throw away 313 kilos of usable food every second,” WWF expert Tanja Dräger said in Berlin on Thursday. More than 2.6 million hectares of farmland are being used to produce food “for the bin”, the environmentalists say. …
  • Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes (anti-fracking barf alert)

    06/18/2015 4:43:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2015 7:27 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America’s heartland can be traced to the stepped up rate that drilling wastewater is injected deep below the surface, according to a study in Thursday’s journal Science that looked at 187,570 injection wells over four decades. It’s not so much the average-sized injection wells, but the supercharged ones that are causing the ground to shake. Wells that pumped...
  • USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

    06/17/2015 9:31:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 6:45 PM EDT | David Pitt
    A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is proposing in a new agency rule to add manufacturers of these plant-based products to a loan guarantee program that has provided more than $844 million for 10 biofuel projects since 2008. Loan guarantees allow companies building new plants to borrow money at lower interest rates. Under the proposed new rules, loans of up to $250 million will be offered to projects involving...
  • Austin’s Plastic Bag Ban Worse for Environment Than Bags It Outlaws (TX)

    06/16/2015 12:58:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 15, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT | Emily Richards
    In an effort to protect the environment, Austin,Texas passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in 2013. However, a recent review concludes that AustinÂ’s bag ban has backfired, creating more negative effects on the environment than the plastic bags it outlawed. [Â…] Two years after the bag ban was implemented, the city asked the Austin Resource Recovery group to investigate its effectiveness. Their June 10 report, written by Aaron Waters, states that while the ban was successful in lowering the amount of single-use plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene in city landfills, it was actually worse for the environment overall....
  • Did EPA Collude With Eco-Activists To Push A Federal Water Takeover?

    05/27/2015 9:23:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA is on the verge of finalizing a new “Waters of the United States” regulation that would greatly expand the agency’s control over U.S. waters, and may even give the EPA the power to regulate ponds, ditches and puddles. Republican lawmakers, however, are pushing back against the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, warning the agency may have inappropriately lobbied and worked with environmental campaign activists to inflate the support behind the agency’s water takeover. “Given the magnitude and controversy surrounding the EPA’s rulemaking agenda, it is very troubling that EPA has engaged in a propaganda campaign to...
  • Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses

    Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of people who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum. The effect of these decisions on the consumption of fossil fuels will be nil; the effect on the growth of institutions’ endowments...
  • California’s Green Drought

    04/06/2015 12:04:54 PM PDT · by fifedom · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal | April 5, 2015 | WSJ editors
    The liberals who run California have long purported that their green policies are a free (organic) lunch, but the bills are coming due. Lo, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% statewide reduction in water use. Consider this rationing a surcharge for decades of environmental excess.
  • Potentially endangered bat could change pipeline project

    01/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    lacrosse tribune ^ | 1-19-15 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A potentially endangered species of bat could become a major obstacle to the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline in northern Minnesota. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to declare the northern long-eared bat an endangered species because the spread of the white-nosed syndrome disease has reduced its population. In that case, Enbridge could be forced to postpone its pipeline project or chose a different route. The current proposal would carry crude from the North Dakota oilfields to Superior, Wisconsin and would run through the bats' habitat. Enbridge has already taken steps to avoid...